What To Locapour On Thanksgiving

November 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, no? More than that, it is typically celebrated with regional specialties, such as oyster stuffing in the Northeast, and cornbread stuffing in the South. So, for one day, to celebrate this holiday of regional American food, take a break from the foreign wines and pour something not only American, but local.

How about sparkling wines from L. Mawby? Larry Mawby’s méthode champenoise Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs are great ways to start the day. (Sold at Binny’s throughout Chicagoland, Pastoral, Green Grocer, Whole Foods, and Good Grapes in Glencoe & Winnetka.) A light on the palate, clean-finishing sparkler, that is ideal for pouring while guests are milling about early in the day, is Good Harbor’s Moonstruck (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Gris, whole-cluster pressed). (Available at Fine Wine Brokers and Good Grapes in Glencoe.)

The thing with Thanksgiving is that, the diversity and multitude of dishes served — from the rich, herbaceous gravy and stuffing to the tart, acidic cranberry sauce — can make pairing wine headache-inducing. Likewise, serving a dark, inky, tannic, and highly-structured, high-alcohol red from California can overwhelm the lighter dishes in the meal. This is a perfect time to experience a lighter- to medium- bodied Michigan red, such as Black Star Farms’ Arcturos Pinot Noir (sold at Green Grocer) and or Cabernet Franc from Domaine Berrien, Peninsula Cellars (both sold at House Red and Dobby’s Worldwide Liquors), or Black Star Farms (sold at Green Grocer and some Whole Foods). [Note: Both reds benefit from opening about an hour prior to serving.]

Dry Michigan white wines tend to exhibit a lot of tart green apple, which makes them refreshing counterpoints to all the rich dishes on a Thanksgiving table. Good Harbor makes a really affordable easy-drinking white table wine called “Fishtown White,” available at Pastoral, Fine Wine Brokers and Good Grapes in Glencoe. Also try a Fenn Valley Riesling (available at Evanston First Liquors).

Finally, don’t forget to serve some of Fenn Valley’s “42” Ice Wine to go with your desserts, especially your apple desserts. (Available at House Red and Dobby’s Worldwide Liquors.)

If you’ve found some good locapours for the upcoming holidays, please share and we’ll compare notes!

Locations throughout Chicagoland

Dobby’s World Wide Wine & Liquors
15 S. Brockway
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 359-0400

Evanston First Liquors
1019 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201-3609
(847) 328-9651

Fine Wine Brokers
4621 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-2007
(773) 989-8166

Good Grapes
685 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 242-9800

Good Grapes
809 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-2500
(847) 446-8000

Green Grocer
1402 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642-6303
(312) 624-9508

House Red
7403 W. Madison
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-7RED

Locations in the Loop, Lakeview and the French Market

Whole Foods
Locations throughout Chicagoland



  1. Gretchen says:

    Viva les Locopours! (and Happy Thanksgiving)

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